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Restrictions imposed to disallow Muharram procession in Srinagar

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Srinagar: Restrictions were imposed here on Saturday to disallow the moving of the Muharram procession, an official said.

“Restrictions have been imposed in seven police station areas of Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj, Safakadal, Lal Bazaar and Maisuma today (Saturday),” a senior police officer told IANS here.

Since the beginning of separatist violence in Jammu and Kashmir in the early 1990s, authorities have been imposing restrictions to disallow the moving of the 10th Muharram procession here.

Ashura, or the 10th of Muharram in the Islamic calendar, is observed to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, grandson of Islam’s Prophet Mohammed.

Senior separatist leaders, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Shah and Muhammad Nayeem Khan were placed under house arrest here.

Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) contingents in full-riot gear are enforcing restrictions in the city.

In areas placed under restrictions, rolls of razor-fitted concertina wire have been placed on street crossings to block passage of traffic and pedestrian movement.

“No untoward incident has been reported from anywhere so far. The restrictions imposed are purely preventive in nature and these do not apply to bonafide movement of citizens,” the officer asserted.

(IANS)

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Srinagar: Restrictions on Muharram Processions to Avoid Separatist Violence

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Restrictions imposed in Srinagar ahead of Muharram protests.
Restrictions imposed in Srinagar ahead of Muharram protests. ians

Srinagar, Sep 29: Authorities imposed restrictions on Muharram processions in parts of Srinagar on Friday, to prevent any violence in the valley. Starting from the Guru Bazar locality, the Shia procession would end at the Dalgate area.

After separatist violence started in Kashmir, authorities have not allowed the procession since 1990.

Police and paramilitary, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in full riot gear were deployed in the suspected areas to put restrictions on Muharram processions.The pedestrian and vehicular movement was also suspended.

Life in other areas of Srinagar and elsewhere in the Kashmir Valley, however, remained normal. (IANS)

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Kashmir World Film Festival (KWFF) Kicks off in Srinagar, Aims to Promote Film Culture

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Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, July 3, 2017: With the aim to promote film culture, a five-day Kashmir world Film Festival began at Tagore Hall in Srinagar. Not just that, it will also provide a specific platform to aspiring youth in the field of filmmaking and acting.

The festival has been organized by Actors Creative Theatre (ACT), a group of members working in the sphere of art film and literature in collaboration with Media Education Research Centre, Kashmir University and Film and Television Institute of India, breathing life into the war-torn atmosphere, mentioned ANI report.

Filmmaker Mushtaq Ahmad recalls how over the decades, Hindi cinema shares a rather intrinsic relationship with Kashmir, the photographers’ paradise. From Kashmir Ki Kali to Haider, Kashmir has played host to both Hindi as well as International cinema. The festival would be instrumental in involving the youth of the valley in filmmaking and the related areas.

Many popular faces were present in the gathering, including popular film actress Alina Mughal, to quote her “by such initiatives, the youth of Kashmir will get a platform to go out and work in this field”. The festival will continue till July 5 in an attempt to promote entertainment in the region reverberating with the booming sound of bullets.

– prepared by Puja Sinha of NewsGram. Twitter: @pujas1994

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Kashmir Unrest: Tension in the valley after death of civilians

Scores of protesters on August 3 blocked roads and raised slogans in Chattabal area alleging the guard had been shot at and killed

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Protesters vs Security forces, (representational Image) Wikimedia
Srinagar: Tension gripped Kashmir Valley on Wednesday after the death of a protester on Srinagar-Jammu national highway and a bank guard in Srinagar late Tuesday, August 2, police said.
“One civilian was killed and another critically injured when the security guard of additional district development commissioner (Ramban) opened fire at a crowd that stopped his vehicle at Lethpora in Pulwama district on Tuesday,” a senior police officer said.
A bank ATM (Automatic Teller Machine) guard was killed under mysterious circumstances during the night in Chattabal area of Srinagar city.

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 Police said the guard had been attacked and killed with some sharp-edged weapon.

Scores of protesters on Wednesday blocked roads and raised slogans in Chattabal area alleging the guard had been shot at and killed.
Curfew contineued in South Kashmir. Image Source: www.ndtv.com
Curfew continued in South Kashmir. Image Source: www.ndtv.com
Authorities imposed curfew in south Kashmir areas and restrictions in rest of the valley to maintain law and order.
Things had started showing up during the last two days as private transport and pedestrian movement was witnessed in uptown areas of Srinagar.

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Apprehending defiance of imposed restrictions in old city areas of Srinagar and other places in the valley, heavy deployment of police and paramilitary central reserve police force (CRPF) has been made on Wednesday.
Separatists have already extended protest shutdown call till August 5 asking people to resume normal activities after 6 p.m. each day.
All educational institutions including schools, colleges and universities have remained closed ever since the violence started here on July 9, a day after Hizbul commander Burhan Wani’s killing by the forces.
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